TYNDALL FIELD, PANAMA CITY, FLA.
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A LETTER FROM NORTH AFRICA
What follows, is a letter written by Wac Pvt. Florence A. Terry,
182 WAC Hq. Platoon, Fifth Army, at present stationed in North Africa,
to the members of the Altrusa Club of Houston, Texas, an organization
of women engaged in doing Community and War Work.
While the letter is not remarkable in any detail, it does however,
take us behind the scenes of WAC life in North Africa, insofar as
censorship permits. Pvt. Terry's simply written account of her de-
barkation at an unnamed harbor in Africa and what followed next, be-
comes important to all of us, who at times are apt to view the war
with the polite, detached air of a casual observer.
For the habitual griper and those inclined to taking a short view
of our responsibility to our comrades in arms across the seas -- the
letter holds more than moral.
.....We were all packed-with our packs on our backs ready to leave
the P.O.E. when I received a letter from my sis, Elizabeth, in which
she wondered just how I would feel as I left the good old U.S.A. She
figured it would be a mixture of excitement and a little dread-well,
so did I, but as we were leaving the shores, we all tried to figure
out just how we felt. Several thought they would cry, but it seems
that we have been moved around so many times and have had no idea
what the next stop held for us, that it just seemed natural to be go-
ing again Into the unknown and into new quarters.
Our trip on the boat was very.pleasant for us, quite luxurious com-
pared with the way we have been living. Of course we were crowded--
we had 12 in our room which is intended for two people, but we man-
aged nicely. As there were not enough Wacs to set up a separate
section, mess room, etc., we ate last at the officers' mess, and had
good food, and also had the use of their lounge for playing cards,
It was really exciting to view the harbor of our landing place in
Africa just before sunset, and CH how I wish that I might be able to
tell you where it was and a description of the place. We debarked at
night and reached our new home, a row of twelve tents lighted by one
candle each, but it was all right--the good old United States Flag
was waving over us. You should have heard the shrieks of laughter
that came when we first viewed our first all G.I. latrine, built
exactly according to Army sanitation, which seemed pretty primitive
to us at first, but after viewing the sanitary conditions of this
country, we have decided it was pretty good after all.
The next morning as we lifted the side of our tent, to our surprise
there were two camels grazing in the field in back of us. After
breakfast we went to the fence to watch the natives, Arabs mostly,
and the poorer French, going to market. If it hadn't been for the
awful odor which greeted us, (that made the scene very uncomfortably
real) we might have thought ourselves in a movie. The slow moving
camels laden with wares for the market--dirty, uncared for smelly
camels with all the glamour of the circus' well cared for camel gone.
I am sure that the writers that have written of the sands of Africa
made a mistake--it should be the dust of Africa, and fine, powdered
dust at that, four or five inches deep, nice red dust, at least that
is what we came in contact with. Sand from the beach had been brought
In around our living quarters.
We were the first Wacs ever to be seen there, and for the most part
the first American women the boys had seen or heard talk since they
left the States--they would beg us just to say anything, just so it
was good old American talk. Dances, a sight-seeing trip, and a trip
into town were planned for us, but the "powers that be" decided they
wanted us to come on from there to here, so only one dance was held
for us. As much as we enjoyed it, the boys' enjoyment was supreme--
just to dance and talk to us. It was held in a beautiful open pavil-
lion, good music, and COLD beer and wine (Veno). To get anything
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8:00 A.M............... Mass
9:00 A.M....Protestant Sun-
10:00 A.M....Gunners Mass at
10:00 A.M....Protestant Wor-
11:00 A.M..Gunners Protestant
Service at Theater
7:30 P.M....Evening Worship
5:30 P.M.............. Mass
12:15 P.M....Protestant Wor-
7:30 P.M....Choir Rehearsal
5:30 P.M............... Mass
7:30 P.......Jewish Service
5:30 P.M............. ....Mass
(Also, the Chaplain will
hear confessions anytime he is
present at the Chapel)
STUDY IN AMERICAN STRENGTH
A chaplain, a priest and a rabbi:
Three Yanks in three simple caskets,
Three colors, red, white and blue;
A hush on a tropic island
As notes from a bugle.fall,
Three rituals slowly chanting--
Three faiths in a common call!
A lad from the Bronx; another
Who joined up in Tennessee:
A third one from far Waukegan--
A typical bunch, those three!
A crash in a naval airplane,
A rush to its crumpled side,
And nearby Old Glory marking
The reason the trio died.
They answered a call to duty
From church and from synagogue,
From hillside and teeming city,
Three names in a naval log!
Each raised in his separate concepts.
Each having his form ,to pray;
But all for a faith triumphant
When rituals fade away!
A prayer'in Latin phrases,
And one with more ancient lore;
A Protestant simple service--
All one on a distant shore!
"Qui tollis peccata mundi"
And "Enter ye unto rest, "
A blessing from ancient Moses
For three who had met the test!
This is the story mighty,
Making our sinews strong;
Boys from the many altars
Warring on one great wrong!
This is the nation's power,
This is its suit of mail:
Land where each narrow bigot
Knows that he can't prevail!
A chaplain, a priest and a rabbi
Knowing that forms are nothing
If but the cause is true!
Challenge all craven bigots!
Tell them, as brave men die
Fighting for fullest freedom--
Tell them they lie .. they lie!
-H.I. Phillips, The'Link'
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THE TYNDALL TARGET P e
COL. STRANATHAN TO PRESENT
PURPLE HEART MEDAL TO
MOTHER OF P.C. GUNNER.
A posthumous award of the Purple
Heart will be made to S/Sgt. Ran-
dall R. Gwaltney on Wednesday
afternoon at 5 P.M. by Col. Le-
land S. Stranathan, post commander.
Gwaltney's mother will receive
the medal in his name during a
special ceremony which will take
place at the parade grounds in
Front of Post Headquarters.
Sergeant Gwal tney, a native of
Panama City, was killed in action
May 31, 1943. .He was a waist
gunner and radio man, making num-
erous battle flights over the
European and Mediterranean the-
aters of war.
The young Panama Citian was
awarded the Air Medal on October
2, 1942, and later received sev-
eral Oak Clusters in addition to
the Certificate of Honor issued
by the AAF.
AAF GUNNERS COMPETE AT
FORT MYERS TODAY
Gunners from the nation's six
flexible gunnery schools meet to-
Sday at Fort Myers in the fourth
AAF inter-field shoot.
Representing Tyndall will be
five members of Class 43-40.
They are A/C Alfeo Brussetti,
Cpls. Herschel Shelby, William
McKinney, William Dudley and Ver-
The Kingman, Ariz., sharpshoot-
ers were the winners of the last
meet, held at Harlingen, Tex.
The Kingman squad needs but one
-more win to take permanent posses-
sion of the AAF silver acp.
GETS HERIT AWARD
Lt. Harvey Liddon
Lt. Harvey D. Liddon has been
awarded the Legion of Merit de-
coration for his work as tech-
nical inspector at Tyndall Field.
The announcement was made by
)the War Department shortly after
Lt. Liddon left Tyndall for an-
Until his departure several
weeks ago, Lt. Liddon had served-
as the field's technical inspector
for close to two years. A veter-
an of more than 20 years of ser-
vice in the Army, Liddon was one
of Tyndall's ranking enlisted men
prior to receiving his commission
as a first lieutenant early last
The picture above was taken just
before he "took-off" fbr his new
STARS IN AER BENEFIT SHOW -- "THIS IS THE ARMY"
WEEKLY RADIO SHOWS TO BE
PRESENTED FROM FIELD
Tyndall's weekly radio Play-
house and News programs will be
presented from the field as of
Wednesday, October 13.
Heretofor, the two programs
originated from the WDLP studios
in Panama City. The change an-
nounced on Friday by S/Sgt. Steve
Libby, NCOIC of T/F radio shows,
is being made in order to permit
more enlisted men to participate
in the programs both as perform-
ers and spectators.
The first program will be the
dramatic version of "Radiance and
the Angel," written by Kurt Unkel-
The new broadcasts will emanate
from the WAC Dayrocm, through the
cooperation of the WAC Commanding
Officer, the Signal Office, and
the "front office" at Headquar-
Visitors are invited to all
performances, and are urged to
attend the auditions and rehear-
sals, to be held weekly on Tues-
days in the Courts-Martial room
in Headquarters Building at 7:00
LATEST WAR BOND FIGURES
Lt. George L. Lasker, Post War
Bonds Officer, released latest
T/F war bond figures last Wednes-
As of October 4, Tyndall's mil-
itary personnel had purchased
$25,400 worth of bonds in cash
sales since the beginning of the
third war loan drive. During the
same period, the field's civilian
employes purchased $6,500 worth
SON BORN TO MAJOR MITCHELL
Major and Mrs. Samuel M. Mit-
chell announce the birth of Samuel
M. Mitchell, Jr., 'at Warner Rob-
bins Field, Ga.
Major Mitchell was formerly
Ordnance Officer at Tyndall Field.
308TH AAF DANCE BAND
In the recent contest, which
closed midnight, Oct. 6, to sel-
ect a name for Tyndall's dance
band, "Tyndallairs" was chosen by
the judges as being the best and
most appropriate of the names
suggested by the many entrees.
The winner, Cpl. Anthony Filin-
geri, of the White Flashes, re-
ceived $5.00 in War Stamps, and
the two runners-up, Pvt. George
W. Grant of the class of 43-44,
Squadron A, and Pfc. Paul Zall,
of the 907th Quartermaster Squad-
ron received respectively $3.00
and $2.00 in War Stamps.
REDBIRDS TO DINE AT
COUNTRY CLUB TONIGHT
"The Redbirds step out. "
That's the theme of a supper
dance scheduled for tonight at
the Panama City Country Club,
when men of the 348th and their
wives and dates will dine and
dance in one of a series of such
A seven-piece dance band from
Tyndall Field will play for danc-
ing, and an entertainment program
to include singing by a quartet
from the 30th is to be presented.
Department heads and squadron
officers have been invited.
The Country Club will be de-
corated with autumn wild flowers.
OUR FRONT COVER
A turret maintenance in-
struction classroom is th-e
locale of our front cover pic
S/Sgt. Ernest Harwell is the
instructor in the upper right,
and his students are busy tak-
ing notes as he gives out with
important data on the Bendix
Upper Local Turret.
The photo was taken by T/Sgt.
Gis TO ENTERTAIN FIRST
FIGHTERS AT "THIS IS
THE ARMY" SHOW
More than 800 persons, at $1.10
per, are expected to attend the
premiere of the AER Benefit Show,
'This Is the Army" at the Ritz
Theater Monday night.
Elaborate arrangements have al-
ready been made for a half hour
program of GI entertainment to
precede the motion picture. Also,
a 15 minute 'sidewalk interview"
in front of the theater will be
aired over hLP at 8 P.M.
Participating in the entertain-
ment will be members of,the Post
Dance Band, S/Sgt. Steve Libby,
Sgt. Pullman and Pfc. Paquin,
Pfc. Cooke Freeman and Cpl. Jim
Coniff. Also, the GI show will
mark the first appearance of the
newly organized T/F Wac Glee
The entire proceeds or the
first night showing of "This Is
the Army" and fifty percent of
every showing thereafter will go
to the Army Emergency Relief Fund.
WHAT'S DOING NEXT WEEK
9:30 A.M. Student Gunners' Ten-
12:45 P.M. Musical Recording
Hour at Post Theater. W/O Miss-
12:30 P.M. Squadron ALR Re-
presentatives Meeting at Athletic
7:00 P.M. Movies at Station
8:00 P.M. Regular Information
Tease Contest at Rec Hall.
8:30 P.M. Movies at Receiving
5:30 P.M. Regularly scheduled
volley ball games.
8:00 P.M. Weekly Dance at USO,
T/F Band broadcast over WDLP.
8:00 P.M. Movies at Colored Rec
12:30 P.M. Special Service Non-
Com Meeting at Post Library.
7:00 P.M. Weekly Variety Show
at Receiving Pool.
7:30 P.M. WDLP broadcast of
8:00 P.M. Chitterling Supper at
the Colored USO.
8:30 P.M. Radio broadcast over
WDLP. T/F Radio Playhouse.
6:30 P.M. Radio Workshop period.
7:00 P.M. Movies at Station
8:00 P.M. Regular weekly GI
dance at Rec Hall. T/F Band
broadcast over WDLP.
8:00 P.M. Regular weekly color-
ed GI dance at Colored Rec Hall.
8:30 P.M. Movies at Receiving
5:30 P.M. Regularly scheduled
volley ball games.
7:30 P.M. Boxing bouts at Re-
8:00 P.M. Movies at Colored Rec
7:00 P.M. Movies at Station
8:30 P.M. M'vies at Receiving
October 9, 1943
THFI TYNDATJ, TARGF~T
THE TYNDALL TARGET
P. f. c.
MY FAVORITE PHOTO
EX-SIREN-SOUNDING SGT. NOW TOOTS OWN HORN
QUESTION: (ASKED OF MESS PER-
SONNEL IN #2 MESS HALL) "WHAT
IS YOUR FAVORITE GI DISH?
Interviews and Photos
By SGT. DAN LEVINSON
SG. BSfILL PARKER, Olivehill,
Ky.; 1st Cook: "Barbecued pork
chops. We have the proper equip-
ment here with which to make them,
and the fellows seem to like it
better than most dishes, also
there are many different ways of
preparing the chops."
~ paa~~aammmma s
CPL. GOORGOB JONES, Milford,
Del.; 2nd Cook: "My favorite G1
dish is a salad. Especially one
that can be made colorful and ap-
petizing. For instance, a pine-
apple and cheese salad on lettuce
is tops. It's tasty and it con-
tains practically all the import-
Prf. VONO fSONG, Brooklyn, N.Y.7
3rd Cook: "Roast beef. It's the
best tasting food in the Army.
It's nourishing, and when pre-
pared properly it can't be beat."
SOT. BOARD B. LANGS, Wuscatine,
Iown; 4th Cook: "Pork chops and
steaks with fried onions or mush-
rooms and sweet potatoes. After
eating a dish like this a fellow
feels like he's actually been
PVT. LBS3fR SHUMAKER, Morris-
ville, I.C.; 5th Cook: "Baked
has with pineapples,brown gravy
and creased washed potatoes. It's
tops in my book. "
NOW AND FOREVER
In an open invitation to the
German navy to come out and fight,
a task force-of units of the Ioyal
home fleet and a number of U.S.
war vessels, struck at enemy mer-
chant shipping in the treacherous
waters off Bodo, on Norway' s main-
land. U.S. carrier-borne planes
scored hits on several ships in-
cluding an 8,000 ton tanker. Ap-
parently the Nazi high command
has been unduly influenced by
Japanese naval advices radioed
after the Coral Sea engagement,
and safe-hidden in obscure Nor-
wegian fjords, its sea-curs are
loth to abandon their salt water
taffy and cozy ship' s cabins.
"Can' t afford it at Coral Sea
prices," says Popeye Adolph, the
Allied bombs added a iew degrees
of inclination to the "Leaning
Tower," when they fell on Pisa
in northwest Italy last week.
Equally, the Nazi ship of state
is springing leaks and showing
signs of a marked list to certain
defeat. ****** Yesterday, it
was Naples, tomorrow it will be
Rome and after that the Fortress
Europa itself where even now
slight Adolph and fat Hermann,
are frantically pulling up the
weeds that threaten to over-run
their gardens of destiny.
"Uneasy lies the nead that wears
a crown," and the "son ofheaven's"
muddled monarchial dome is a brown
rice paddy of disturbment these
fighting days. Looking down the
Japanese road of conquest, Hiro-
hito sees strange flags flying
over his former bases at Salamaua,
Lae and Finischaven. "American,
I presume, yess?- hisses his my-
opic majesty. "Yess and Austra-
lian too," is the sad reply of
Tojo. "Send more zeros, thou-
sands of their squeaks the near-
sighted one. "But emperor, they
all add up to nothing," argues
the distinguished mathematical
dwarf. "Iss true, but stain on
Japanese flag must be removed at
once" roars the imperial mouse.
"Dismiss fears my Mikado have
sent for cleaning fluids. "
Big Frankfurt underwent its
second bombing in twelve hours,
when RAF night raiders visited it
last Monday. Just twelve hours
before, Frankfurt had been sub-
jected to a precision bombing by
Flying Forts who presented the
city of half a million persons
with 500 tons of the finest Aner-
ican-made explosives, a fair 2
lbs. to every inhabitant. Not to
be outdone, the British came along
later with a little midnight snack
they called 'Frankfurt and eggs.,
Unfortunately, when the eggs burst
they scrambled Frankfurt some-
what, and the Nazis are still
picking yolks out of what's left
of their hair.
-Pfc. B. t. Delbyck
Quietly, but firmly, Tyndall Field was taken in hand by Sgt.
Ray Barrette early in August of 1942. In slipping into the
drivers seat, Ray was acting unofficially -- but seldom, i
ever, has anything become more official.
From his position as chauffeur to the field's ranking colonels
and majors, Barrette has acquired power and knowledge which
makes men seek him out for advice and confidential information
before taking any important step. Naturally, he has become
one of the most well-known enlisted men on the post -- and to
his credit we add that he has proven himself to be a capable
The picture above, --Barrette's entry in the favorite photo
derby, gives a hint as to previous experience which has helped
nim to prepare for his present all-important position on
Tyndall Field. The picture was taken in 1935, when Barrette
was a sergeant in the Massachusetts State Police Force. After
two years with the state police, Ray switched back to mufti as
a chauffeur and bodyguard for a member of the Massachusetts
state supreme court. Three years of this work was enough t'o
supply him with an adequate legal background, and he again
made a change in occupation. This time, in order to keep in
touch with the masses, Ray went to work for the Eastern Mass.
Street Railway Company and in no time at all became its lead-
ing driver. However, in May of 1942, Uncle Sam decided that
Ray was ripe for the Army, and he bid farewell to his hundreds
of friends in the north to become New England's unofficial
ambassador to the Southland...in an AAF uniform.
Arriving at Tyndall on June 15, 1942, via the Miami Beach
training center, Ray lost little time "getting around." For
Classification to have assigned him elsewhere"than to his
present position would have been a gross miscarriage of just-
ice -- and in this case, justice triumphed.
A smooth talker, and if the occasion requires it, a fast
talker, Barrette has no compunction when it comes to rank --
he'll talk to anyone regardless of brass. Of course, there
have been times when his basic democratic instincts were sub-
jugated, and his co-worker, Sgt. Harry Mabel, was forced to
comment that upon one occasion Barrette was seen talking to a
second lieutenant -- but ever since the Target printed Mabel's
statement with the notation that said statement was an obvious
lie, Barrette is leaning over backwards to talk to sergeants.
News From Your
Blackfoot, Ida. (CNS)--Stubby
a terrier, who has recovered 46
softballs slugged by members of
the Blackfoot League into a canal
hear the athletic field, has re-
ceived an award for his efforts. It
is a softball, autographed by the
president of the league.
Chicago (CNS)-A man con-
fronted Miss Doris Duse on a
side street. "Look," he said, hold-
nmg a wriggling snake over her
head. Miss Duse looked, screamed.
The man slugged her on the
button, knocked her cold. When
she recovered her purse was
Own Home Town
Hollywood (CNS)-Mrs. Arline
Peak Fear, a pretty secretary,
who said Ralph Gordon Fear, her
millionaire husband, claimed he
first married her 2,300 years ago
when he was a Roman warrior in
a previous incarnation, has sued
him for divorce. Their long mar-
riage, she claims, didn't prevent
him from hopping out of bed one
morning when his nude niece
walked in to display her suntan.
Indianapolis (CNS)--A 1000-
pound steer escaped from the
stockyards here, wandered around
in the business section and wound
up-you guessed it-in a china
shop. Damage was considerable.
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Heigh ho everybody .. Here we go again with the Scandalous slants
from Tyndall' Tech ......
.. Street Cleaners' friend Cpl. Bill Pinney ... He's the lug re-
sponsible for all those pamphlets flying over P.C. streets on Satur-
day last ...... The Splva Brothers (69th and Band) are the only
?.C.-G.I.-brothers at Tyndall .. In stature, they're exact opposites
...... The USO Party Monday night was a huge success .. Hundreds
)f G.I.'s and gals, with many Tyndallers on the program; a grand show
.. .. Source of much humor to us: The Wolf .. A typical (?) G.I.
Pfc. Charlie Dunn's original radio play "Snows of Yesteryear" broad-
east on Radio Playhouse Wednesday .. It was a great show, and Dunn
deserves the plaudits of all Tyndall Tech for his hard work......
?fc. Chris Smith (349th). dating attractive Ann Coleman Wednesday,
after dark .. Someone was sore about something (*$#"@) ......
)ance Bands new name: Tyndallaires, submitted by Cpl. Anthony Filin-
reri, 446th ...... Other winners: 2nd- Pvt. George W. Grant; 3rd-
?fc. Paul Zall, 907th. Other names suggested: Tyndall Targeteers,
skyways Swingsters, Flying Jivers, Tyndaleers ...... Just look what
i slip of a typewriter will do: The partywill be gin at 10:00 o'clock.
THIS IS THE ARMY premiere's Monday at the Ritz .. Stage show pre-
,edes movie with Band, Glee Club, Freeman, Paquin and Pullman, Boil-
3au, and others ...... World Series money still being won and lost
.. Capt. Powers won two pots in one day ...... S/Sgt. DuMont's (FD)
'ontiac has a rumble seat .. It's cool ,too, 6n these breezy mornings!,
Ne're told ...... M/Sgt. Patty O'Neil and his missus returned from
a 3-day pass, but the missus lost a valuable gift on the trip ......
few Chaplain is Lt. Taft Franklin .. He'll replace Chaplain Wester,
lue to go over the big drink ...... Hats off of the week go to Sgt.
ind Ruth VunKannon .. They're infanticipating in April! (Scoop!) ..
.. 69th Squadron talking up a War Bond Pool .. Sounds like a good
We like the one about the guy at the mental ward at the post hos-
aital. A nurse found him with his ear to the wall, listening intent-
Ly. "Sh-h-h, he said, "you come and listen." The nurse listened.
"I don't hear anything," said she. "Neither do I," said the patient,
"And it's been like that- all day! "
Lt. Gueder has a five buck pipe bet with his dad on the Yanks .. Dad
picked the Cards this year after spotting his dough on the Yanks last
season ...... Moron is that which in the winter time women would
not have so many colds if they put ...... Lt. Stultz at 2168 wants
to buy a typewriter .. Any sellers? ...... Col. Stranathan planning
speech for posthumous awarding of medals to Sgt. Gwaltney, P.C.
native .. Gwaltney's mother will accept the memoirs next Wednesday
P.M. at retreat.
That's all for this time, but remember .. don't be like the sign on
the back of a newlywed couples car: "Amateur Night Tonight." So long.
OVER HERE OR OVER THERE
ON THE GROUND OR IN THE AIR --
BROTHER, WATCH THIS COMBINATION!
Ae've got to breathe it, but when oxygen reacts
on any substance it can mean trouble too. It
is a supporter of combustion without it there
can be no burning. As it combines with other
substances, heat is generated. When enough heat
is generated to raise any substance to its igni-
tion point, it means FIRE!
In a later issue we'll give some methods
of preventing and controlling such fires
In case of FIRE Dial 17 or use nearest alarm box
"And with this ring I do thee
We, of the Quartermaster Office,
as well as the many good friends
of Miss Hope Hurst and Lt. John
S. Monagan, III, extend our sin-
cerest best wishes for a most
pleasant and happy marriage.
Helen Hope Hurst was born in
January, 1918, in Charleston,
S.C. Her father was a government
official which led him to various
locations; consequently, Hope re- '
ceived her education wherever her
family found themselves. However,
it remained for Lt. Monagan to
make her see the light. November .
6th is the day the bells toll. Helen Hope Hurst
Sara Montgomery's vital interest is centered on astronomy classes,
with Pfc. Red Alford as Instructor, on the Victory Roof. Question
..is, Professor Alford, Wien does the moon full this month?...Miss
Murphy sweats out mall call these days--and why does Thanksgiving
hold such an interest for you this year?...Must be true love this
every night affair between Jack and Gordy.
Margie, don't you know that all work and no play makes Andy a dull
boy?...Let us in on the secret of your broad smile, Mrs. Thompson.
Could .t be that you're seeing Cpl. Thompson soon?... Odessa is all
smiles again! It couldn't be because the 6th of October is only a
few days off?...Catherine, or should we say Sgt. Fulton's little ray
of sunshine, knows that there is never a dull moment at the weekly
Does Mable have a secret admirer these days? He must have priority
on gum it's rationed you know... Miss You" to Mrs. Hartsfield from
the QM Office Force...We all know that Erline is very efficient, but
we don't think that it is altogether her efficiency that Sgt. Ramey
misses so much. 'Till We Meet Again .
This week we welcome to our office the feminine half of the famous
Axe skating team, Mrs. Ann Axe...We wonder when "Rusty" is going to
decide between the Air Corps and QM...Watch those Yankees...As this
is being written there are many hearts broken, for "Glamour Boy Miken
has left on a 15 day furlough to the wonderful city of "Philly."
Don't worry Martha he'll be back.
We wonder what a certain Payroll Clerk would do if the handsome
Corporal from Post Headquarters failed to make his daily call. (It's
a business call of course)... Pee Ween has deserted the fair city of
St. Joe and moved to P.C. She is now rooming with "P.P.M. Merle ,"
watch out "Pee Wee" or you'll be on the prowl too.
The QM seems to be taking this office by storm. Wedding Bells
have already rung for Lefty and Marguerite, and we wonder when they'll
toll for Florence and Evelyn. Remember, Gene and Fulton, "Sadie
Hawkins Dayn is only a month away.
All was quiet in the rear of headquarters yesterday, but the blitz-
krieg on the parking lot will probably be resumed Monday. Basing
predictions on past observations, the lot will probably be torn up
again Monday, rolled the following day and harrowed again on Wednes-
day. In the past 60 days it's been plowed up more times than an
Alabama cotton patch is plowed in 20 years.
Headquarters was well represented at the USO Party Monday night...
Why do they have parties at the start of a week???...Jean Crawford
may and may not be writing mall to Camp Rucker, Ala., but Pfc. Gen-
eral Smith is writing some from there for delivery to the central
file office...Dot Stutts has returned from Dunnellon, Fla., where
she visited her mother...Fay Ansley (nee Mercer) was by the field
enroute to Ocala to visit her people-in-law.. .Josephine (Gorgeous)
Grimsley celebrated a birthday Tuesday and some say she can vote
now...Who is the tall guy Eloise Tiller is showing Interest in???...
Cpl. Roberta Black is blue since the boy friend left.
Pinup gal Betty Grable, who
married pinup boy Harry James
last July 5, says she is going to
have a baby next spring. It
looks as though the two pinups
are going to have some three-
cornered underwear to pinup.
Camp San Luis Obispo, Cal.
-A softball rolled under a hut
and a GI outfielder, chasing it,
found a de luxe foxhole complete
with lights and a radio. Within
it a goldbrick was sleeping-but
. not for long.
October 9, 1943
THE TYNDALL TARGET
NEWS FROM 7THE 4
Farewell to our old name of Squad-
ron F and may our new name of
Squadron B take on the same mean-
ing and ideals Squadron F stood for.
S ;Sgt Hopkins, who was that love-
ly WAC 'n your company Saturday
night at the Recreation Hall. Her
first name is Frances, and this clears
up the mystery of why Sgt. Hopkins
travels that road to the Rec Hall ev-
Sgts. Williams and Winters are
back Lrom furloughs and on the job,
but they still have that far away
look in their eyes; oh, well fellows,
only six more months to go.
Cpl. Bater finally brought his girl
friend to see the post. He introduced
her to some of the boys and then
whisked her away,-refused to take
chances. Will we hear wedding bells
in Squadron B?
Our new clerk, Pfc. Kingmann,
who came from Colorado via Gunter
Field, Alabama ,took two falls Sat-
urday, his first day on the post,--
one in the brook ,while crossing, and
the other for a cute Cpl., he met at
the Rec Hall. Who is she?
TiSgt. Tibbles is the first gunner
of the week in the new "B" Squad-'
ron. A typical gunner who will keep
up the tradition of this squadron.
At this point we think its only fit-
ting to wish those members of our
old squadron who are leaving the
field after helping to make better
gunners in the old squadron, all the
luck in the world, "KEEP THEM
JAPS AND GERMANS FALLING.'
See you all soon.
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We extend our sincere congratula-
frown Bomber tions to the latest recipients of
rwn om er stripes. Pfc. E. Ace, who recently
graduated from dog school, made
Well, another week has come and Sgt. and Pfcs. H. Eppley, J. Kelene,
gone and here is more news from the and C. Shasteen received two stripes.
Bombers. Wonder why Pfc. Lewis A word of warning is hereby issued
M. Sessoms didn't go with S Sgt. to these men. There has been a
W. K. Daniel on his weekend trip ..o decided lassitude in the giving of
Tallahrssee? It seems that every cigars, 0so give out with those stog-
time the Sergeant takes a trip, Se.- ies. boys.
sons is always tagging along. Dan- Our belated best wishes go to Sgt.
iel had better luck this time. Very E. L. Burke on his matrimonial ven.
good luck, if you can judge from his ture with a childhood sweetheart
present appearance, from Alabama.
Since restriction has be n lighten- Pvts. E. Sasse, B. Searfoss, G.
ed considerably, ti.e boys are run- Grandy and F. Ferguson are getting
ning across new difficulties in get- quite proficient .with their guitar
ting their regular girl friends back. playing. Why not take part in the
Those fickle females Can't under- next G. I. Musical, boys?
stand why Pvt. Herb Whittaker BANTER: The saddest man of the
spent so much time slicking those week is Cpl. C. Calloway, who is
curls to his head last Thursday night. very morose over the fact that the
Story is that after ALL that trou- Cards lost their initial game with
ble, some P. C. wolf took his queen the Yc.nks. He might be sad due
right out of his lap. Wake up, Herb. to the fact that he had some iron
The Squadron didn't do too well men bet on the St. Louis team.
in the last Saturday's inspection, to A sight for sore eyes: Pvts. L. J.
Major Fleming's displeasure, and as Hill and W. (Pinky) Wright taking
a result the men lost their new their daily dozen. This column's
found freedom over the week-end nomination for the best natured and
with another restriction. We'll real- nicest WAC goes to S/Sgt. Reid,
ly have to get on the ball, gang. who's in charge of the WAC mess
As a result, the new P. T. area got hall Incidentally, Pvt. A. Schnei-
another good workout on Sunday, der is still dreamy eyed over the
and the Rec Hall received a lot of WAC that he started out with sev-
visitors. It was observed that Pfc. eral weeks ago Cpl. R. Hyde has
F. J. Scott and his chick were very at long last found his dream girl.
exclusive. And she likes rum cakes! We
Elsewhere in this issue is F story herr that Pvt. James Fox( an ex-
on the results of the Squadron range Guardian, is doing a good job at Ft.
contest. As this is being written, Myers. Keep up the good work,
there is a lot of interest in the 5-3-I Jim.
prize money for the rifle and pis- MAN OF THE WEEK: Pvt. Frank
tol, and the deute for each 'perfect K. Kutcha was born June 17th, 1920,
score with the T imy gun. The in the smokey town of Pittsburgh,
squadron fund t; ; a beating but Pa. He worked at the steel mills
the results in interest and applica- naturally) of P i ; l'-,i,, _l for more
tion were well worti it. than three yeais and was considered
Cpl. Ay h ir E. Williams. )n.e of the best steel hands. He at-
Squadron E welcomes its new
members, Class 43-45. We know
they'll hold the Squadron's reputa-
Our old C. O. is back again, his
popularity with the squadron was
shown by the "E" flag displayed for
the second time in as many weeks.
Those wedding bclls are breaking
up that old gang of ours.
Those that know him, know the
reason why S/Sgt. C. Hall is looking
so pale and thin these days. Yep!
He ups and did it. No suggestions
will be accepted or considered, he
claims he's "going all out".
I guess it'll be the same for our
"little boy Joey," he's S/Sgt. Joe A.
Oppert; he, too, is going to do it-
some .little ole gal from out Atlanta
way and her old man's a Lt. Col.-
That's taking the hard way up, Joe!
It's a sad state when Sgt. E. Me-
hlmauer has to march his own men.
No more buck passing, and we don't
The Instructors that are staying
behind to do Squadron duty seem
satisfied enough. We hope those that
left will enjoy their new job equally
We don't envy the top kick's job
with this new set up, what with a
class graduating every three weeks,
We'd all fare better if we bothered
him as little as possible.
tended school at the steel city and
played ball for the h:gh school there.
At present he is an interior guard,
but was formerly a gate guard with
the Cuardians. He has a girl friend
who is now living in Marietta, Ga.,
and is planning to wv'_lk up the aisle
after the war.
Frank is a hard worker and can
be defended on to perform his duties
in a soldierly manner.
-Cpl. Sam Marotta.
This week we sat back and saw
the formation of the new Instruc-
tors Squadron which placed the long
struction into effect. All the in-
structors sweated out the lists of
assignments to duty and each had
his choice practically filled to his de-
sired phase of instruction, as far as
Squadron D was concerned.
Right in the midst of Air-to-Air
Week, S/Sgt. Snowden and Sgt. Du-
Frane found time' to explore the
wilds of Tallahassee. Snowden mere-
ly was interested in getting a good
meal, or so he says, but we know
that DuFrance is on the trail of
"Miss Florida" and he doesn't have
anything except a vision of delight
that his mind retained from his first
meeting with her We wonder
what tales of adventure they will
bring back and if the hunting was
good? When they get back, they
will notice that the Day Room, the
Orderly Room, and the C. O.'s and
Adjutant's office have been painted
and added a definite note of color
and homeyness to the headquarters
After we are able to move the
furniture from the pool room we
have definite plans for it, but at
present it looks like a furniture mart
with all the odds and ends in it.
Not only do you have to be a pool
shark, but a contortionist to play a
Sleep,. beautiful sleep, has been the
theme for our boys this week. They
have found that th Air-to-Air week
does make one tired. Getting up, or
rather, getting up still asleep, at
3:45 a. m. and being on the line un-
til 6:00 or 7:00 p. m. is rather tire-
some. Cpl. Cliff Stokes said the
morale is high with all the hard
work that this week brings because
of the silver wings that are on the
end of the schedule.
Doesn't seem possible that the
class is just about over and that an-
other class has passed through the
Squadron. Comes Saturday and we
will see the entrance of another eag-
er, willing-to-learn class, and we wish
them the best of luck. To class
43-41 we wish continued success and
and further accomplishments and
Consider, please, the tiny fleas;
You cannot tell the he's from
The sexes look alike to me,
But he can tell, and so can she.
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THE TYNDALL TARGET
ONE WEEK OF THE WAR 9
THE YNDLL TRGE
-IAll Roads Lead to Rome"
"All roads, said the Romans,
"lead to Rome. And today those
roads are clogged with the thick
traffic of war. British and Am-
erican troops are slowly pushing
toward the "Eternal City, their
immediate goal now that Naples
has been captured.
By far the most sensational ad-
vances are being made by British
Eighth Army forces. By taking
long leaps along the Adriatic
coast, British amphibious units
have now reached points north of
Rome on the other side of Italy.
Slowly they are pushing against
stubborn resistance toward the
Inland, toward the northward
marching Americans, squeezing
the Nazis in a huge trap.
The work of reconstruction has
begun in Naples, a city that suf-
fered heavily from the "scorched
earth" policy which the retreat-
ing Germans are following.
There, Lt. Gen. Mark Clark,
standing erect in an open armored
car, rrade his formal triumphant
entry this week. And the youthful,
lanky Clark promised that Rome
soon would be in Allied hands.
The German radio said that the
Vatican had been placed under the
"protection" of Nazi parachute
troops. Berlin said this was
done because the Italians had
failed to take adecqate measures
to "protect" the Pope. But the
British reported that Vatican
circles feared the possible car-
rying off of Pope Pius XII as a
German hostage, and declared the
Nazis had begun to sack the city,
long spared from the blows of
Anerican troops were well on
the way to Rome, having stormed
across the Volturno River, 20
miles north of Naples, and cap-
tured Aversa, Maddaloni, Capiua
and other points.
Return to Wake?
The Japanese garrison at Wake
Island got a taste of what our
gallant marines suffered there
when a naval task force paid a
sit to the island Tuesday.
SDetails on the raid were meag-
er. But aircraft from a carrier
helped the warships drop steel
on the Nips.
Wake, some 2,000 miles west of
Hawaii, was the third of the en-
emy's defense outposts in the
Pacific to feel the weight of
American naval power recently.
Marcus Island, and Nauru and the
Gilberts, were attacked last
Wake already has been bombed
several times by heavy Air For-
ONE FOR ALL ALL FOR ONE
The lives of the men who fight for this
Republic are equally precious.
Sold i e r,
sailor or marine...on land and sea and in
the ai r.,..we know the stern brotherhood of
It is one for all and all for one.
In that red rain, in that smoky storm, our
uniforms take on the same color; we hear a
'single trumpet call and follow it.
MacArthur's bombers fly a thousand mi les
to help Americans in sea-borne ships. Hal-
sey's destroyers turn aside to rescue Army
airmen from drowning. Army P-39s and P-40s
fight wing to wing with Marine Wildcats
against the foe.
Brereton and Doolittle
send their planes to sink Axis convoys far
across the Mediterranean.
In that white
Hell called the Alaskan Theater, every
branch of our armed services is co-mingled
...and their universal emblem is a clenched
fist striking westward.
Did the German or the Jap ever imagine we
would quarrel among ourselves? The men who
fell at Pearl Harbor...Bataan...Corregidor
...wore blue suits and khaki; flyers' suits
and dungarees...and some wore civvies and
al I of them' were our own.
We, the living, have but one hatred...the
enemy. We have but one mission...to destroy
the Jap and Nazi tyrannies. For this single
cause we shall fight until the land of Eur-
ope grows humpbacked with German graves and
the sea spews forth dead Japanese on all the
shores of Asia.
That is our pledge--we
shal I not falter--we shall not swerve from
--Fron AAF Blue Network Broadcast "iings to Victory."
The Samurai Code
From the diary of a Japanese
" We were all assembled at head-
quarters where one of the crew of
a Douglas shot down by anti-air-
craft fire was brought under
guard. We were assembled to wit-
ness the execution.
The prisoner was given a drink
of water outside the guarchouse.
The chief surgeon, Lt. Komai, and
a platoon commander bearing a
sword came from the officers'
The time has come. The prison-
er of war totters forward with
his arms tied. His hair is cut
I feel he suspects what is a-
foot but he is more corrposed than
I thought he would be.....Lt.
Komai faces the prisoner and
said: 'you are about to die.
I am going to kill you with this
sword according to the Samurai
The commander's face is stern.
Now the time has come. The prison-
er is made to sit on the edge of
a water-filled bomb crater. The
precaution is taken to surround
him wi th guards.
The sight of the glittering
blade sends cold shivers down the
spine. First the commander touch-
es the prisoner's head lightly
with the sword.
Then he raises it overhead.
His arm muscles bulge. The
prisoner closes his eyes for a
second and at once the sword
Swish--it sounds at first like
the noise of cutting, but it is
actually made by blood spurting
from arteries. The body falls
forward. Everybody steps back as
the head rolls on the ground.
The dark blood gushed from the
trunk. All is over. There lies
the head like a white doll.
A superior seaman from the medi-
cal unit rolls the body on its
'These thick-headed white bas-
tards are thick bellied too,' he
There's not a drop of blood
jeft in the man's body. The sea-
man gives him a kick then buries
The wind blows mournfully and
the scene prints itself on my
mind....If ever I get back alive
this will make a good story to
tell. That's why I write it down.
(To that Japanese diarist:
Well have you said o. 'If I ever
.get back alive' -- for your pen
drips with the sainted blood of
our brother and comrade and we
'accept as our God given duty-
the work of returning swine to
the fouled pig stys of their
October 9, 1943
TFIFil TYNTIATT, TARrrET
THE TYNDALL TARGET
IS THE MAN!
FORMER TYNDALL GUNNERS
ARE CREW MEMBERS OF
FAMED FLYING FORT
S/Sgts. John Solinsky and Hal
Cooper, two Tyndall gunnery sch-
ool graduates, are members of the
much decorated crew of "Wabbit
Twacks," famed Flying Fort op-
erating from a U. S. air base in
Solinsky, who hails from Cleve-
land, Ohio, graduated with Class
42-23, while Cooper, a native of
Washington, D.C., finished his
basic flexible gunnery training
here with Class 42-29. Both men
have been awarded the Distin -
guished Flying Cross, as have the
other eight members of the crew.
All. except Cooper also hold the
Silver Star award. However, ao-
cording to reports, Cooper still
looks like a miniature MacArthur
when he steps out with all his
Their Fort, "Wabbit Twacks, is
the third B-l7 to. bear that name.
The other two were assigned to the
scrap heap after being brought
home badly riddled.
The present "Wabbit Twacks" has
been through so much that it is
difficult to select any one rather
than another of the rough voyages
this unconquorable ship and its
crew have made.
They received the Silver Star
after a mission to.a target near
Paris. With Capt. W.E. Flagg at
the controls, the ship was forced
to leave the formation when one
motor failed, and in fighting its
way back, 25 attacking Focke-Ws
made things fairly warm.
In the ensuing struggle, three
members of the crew were wounded,
but the ship returned safely to
its home base -- with two engines
gone, a shredded and jammed rud-
der, every propellor hit, every
engine chipped and "holey as a
P. S. There were seven Focke-
Wblfs less in the Luftwaffe after
Training On Malfunction Range
Saves Day For Marauder's Crew
Anyone who has the idea that the gunners in a bomber aren't just
as vital to the success of the mission as the pilots, bombardier,
and navigator will change his mind when he reads a story written by
Staff Sgt. Robert Butler now serving with a B-26 group in the
Mediterranean theater. Incidentally, the story also proves how the
training on the mal-function range in the flexible gunnery schools
pays off in combat. The tail gunner hero of this "tale" cleared his
jammed guns just in time to get his crew out of a real "Jam." "Ring
Sight Seat" prints the story verbatim as follows:
"One Marauder tall gunner had a funny experience with some ME-109's
over an airfield in western Sicily the other day. That is, funny
after it was all over. For awhile It was no laughing matter. His
bomber was hit and hit hard by flak over the target. All the skin
was gone off the top of the left wing and two grapefruit-sized holes
in the wing tanks splashed gasoline all over the place. Losing
speed and altitude, the plane headed for the deckhand home.
"Down there just above the Mediterranean white caps, they joined a
Marauder formation that was escorting a cripple home. ME-109's
smell a damaged bomber like a shark scents blood, and they were hang-
ing around all over the sky. As they came In range, the tail gunner
squeezed the trigger on his twin-50's. Two bursts and they both
jammed tighter than a Spitfire turn.
"The turret gunner kept blasting away from his glass house. But it
wasn't enough. The ME's got down on the deck and made pass after
pass from dead astern. The pilot saw so many 20 mm. cannon tracers
go by from the rear, he swore they would finally shoot a wing off.
"The German pilots got braver and braver until finally you could
almost see a sneer on their faces as they closed into 50 yards. Then
they would bank steeply and the black swastikas on the wings stood
out like a house.
"One jerry made the mistake of zooming up before he turned and the
turret gunner needed only one burst. The ME-109 crashed into the sea.
All this time the tail gunner was busier than the proverbial cat on
the tin roof. Finally he got one of the tail stingers ready.
"A German pilot liking this mouse and cat game started to make
-another pass from about 500 yards back. But the shoe was on the
other foot. The gunner held his fire and let Herman make his run.
Apparently wanting a "sure shot," the fighter pilot held his fire
also and kept closing the gap. A hundred yards out, the tail gunner
opened up with the one machine gun. Without wasting a shot, the
bullets bbre into the motor and cockpit. Fire belched out and Mr.
Messerschmitt tipped off the left, leaving a wake of black smoke to
mark his trail.
"The fighters waiting out behind for their turn to come in for the
party needed only one look at that tracer stream from the tail. They
headed home. That Marauder wasn't crippled enough to suit their
tastes. And now safely home, the whole Marauder crew has a laugh
whenever they imagine the look on the German's face when the tail gun
opened fire on him."
Song Of The Gunner
Lt. Col. G.R. Johnston, HAAFFGS
You can talk about the crew chief or the doughty bombardier
Or the radio operator with the educated ear.
You can laud the skilled mechanic and the navigator, too,
Or brag about the pilot till your face is set and blue.
You can tell about their exploits over Rome or Dover Straits,
The Solomons, New Guinea, or wherever they dared the Fates.
You can sing the praise of every man who ever wore a 'chute,
And all those in the air crew, and the ground crew drew to boot.
But when the going's really tough and a Zero's on your tail
Or a Heinkel's high above you and the lead comes down like hall
Who's the guy you look to when your life's not worth a dime?
It's the clear-eyed, tight-lipped gunner--it's the gunner, every time.
Sure it's nice to be a pilot and wear wings upon your chest
But it's nice to be a gunner, too, when o'er some cloudy crest
Comes a flight of hell-bent Nazis with plain murder in their eyes
And a burning half-crazed purpose that's to knock you from the skies,
That is when your pulse thumps madly and you wonder what's ahead.
Will our bomber wing back homeward, every crewman at his post,
Or be shot down, shattered, flaming, to inspire a Nazi boast?
You can think a thousand things like that when subs begin to wail
Unless there's one your faith is in; the one you know won't fail.
Who's the guy you look to when your life's not worth a dime?
It's the clear-eyed, tight-lipped gunner--it's the gunner, every time.
"JAP PILOTS' GETTING
GREEN," SAYS TOP
By PFC. DALE STANLEY
When five Mitchell bombers flev
out to intercept a Jap convoy off
New Guinea last winter, Spt. Del-
.mar Palko, aerial gunner, who ar-
rived at Greenville Army Air Pase
last week, chalked up a Zero to
his credit. He got his Jap from
the top turret while the aerial
engineer took care of another of
the "Sons of Heaven."
Heavy ack-ack fire and an um-
brella of fighters rose to greet
the raiders but Ralke says the
Americans shot down seven Zeroes
and "got the hell out. His plane.
scored a near miss on one of the
vessels but they didn' t wait to
estimate the damage.
One of the other bombers camn
back with a reminder of the famous
"wing and a prayer" flight over
Europe. The right aileron, the
rudders, the gas tanks and the
lower turret were shot to pieces
but somehow the pilot flew the
remains of the plane home with
the full crew unhurt. Every man
aboard was recommended for the
During his seven months in the
Pacific, from July, 1942, to Feb-
ruary, 1943, Sgt. Balko partici-
pated in five separate raids. In
the Battle of Buna they did a
great deal of strafing and drop-
ped fragmentation bombs on enemy
materiel and personnel. On an-
other mission they destroyed a
bridge at Warbi, New Guinea, over
which the Japs were carrying sup-
plies. He was stationed at Aus-
tralia, Horn Island and New Guin--
"The Jap pilots are getting
kind of green, he said. "They've
lost most of the old veterans and
the younger pilots don't come in
so close to a plane I'd
like to go over Europe on a B-17
now and play a little 'big league'
with the Germans."
Sgt. Balko's home is in Houston,
Tex., and he has been in the army
for three and a half years.
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THE TYNDALL TARGET
FROM THE SATURDAY EVENING POST
WHAT I AM
By SGT. HERBERT E. SMITH
AM a Regular, a veteran of almost a quarter
century of service, including combat action in
France and Siberia in the first World War. I am
an old-timer and my wife and young son and young
daughter are "Army people."
But I remember the little town over in New
Jersey where I grew up, went to school and first
affiliated myself with a church congregation. There
were four churches, including one Roman Catholic
church and a Jewish synagogue, in that small town.
Growing up to young manhood in my home town,
I numbered among my friends boys and girls from
all those congregations. We didn't ask or care what
faith a fellow had. Tim Clancy had the fastest-
breaking curve, so he was the first-string pitcher
on our sandlot baseball nine. Hymie Greenspan
was our catcher. He owned the only mitt, but he
could nip a base stealer.
That's just one thing I'm fighting for-the con-
tinuance of my American, God-given.privilege of
choosing my own friends, and not having to be
worked up into a regimented hatred of any one
class, race or creed. I want to leave that heritage,
which the Axis would deny, to my son and to my
I am fighting for the continuing privilege of
going to the polls on election day and by a clean,
secret, honest ballot exercising my American fran-
chise of voting for whomever and whatever I
please. I want to leave that heritage to my chil-
I enjoy reading a good book and seeing a movie
now and then. But I don't want anyone telling
me what I must read or see, or denying me the
right to pass my own judgment upon anything
written or exhibited.
I like a peaceful, quiet day in the country, a
picnic trip with my family. On such a time or on
Sgt. Herbert E. Smith.
any occasion, I do not want to have to jump u-
and, with my wife and children, throw out my arm
in a stiff salute and "Heil!" anybody or anything.
As an American soldier, I give the military salute
to my commissioned officers, but I am definitely
not saluting them as individuals or as members of
some master race. I am saluting the uniform they
wear, and the flag that uniform represents and the
gallant dead who gave their all to preserve for all
everything that that flag stands for. And every
salute I render is returned by my Army officers in
that same spirit, for we in the United States Army
salute not man, but tradition-American tradi-
tion dating from 1776.
I am fighting for the right to root for Dartmouth
over Cornell, for the Brooklyn Dodgers-yes, for
the right to boo "my" team sometimes or to yell
"Blind robber!" at referee or umpire; to write a
letter to the editor if I don't like the way the city
garbage collector rattles cans in the early morning;
to growl about income taxes; to demand that the
congressman for whom I voted-or, for that mat-
ter, did not vote-vote for or against a certain
legislative bill; to listen to my radio or shut it off,
as I alone see fit-in short, to enjoy to the full all
the rights and privileges which belong to me- and
mine as a free man, and to permit my countrymen
to enjoy those privileges of the long-established
American way of life too.
It's worth fighting and, if need be, dying for.
About the Author
AN OLD-LINE Army sergeant is traditionally the
1 most hard-boiled of men, and the last person
in the world to wax eloquent on a subject like
What I Am Fighting For. But an old-line Army
sergeant is just what the author of this essay hap-
pens to be.
During the past twenty-five years Master Sgt.
Herbert E. Smith has soldiered all over the
globe-in England, France, Germany, Siberia,
the Philippines, China, Hawaii and the Panama
Canal Zone, as well as in various posts in the
He grew up in Weehawken, New Jersey, in what
he calls just an ordinary, middle-income family.
"My father, George E. Smith," he continues,
"had a trucking business in New York, and my
mother, Sarah Evans Smith, was-well, just
After grammar and high school, he enlisted in
1918 for service in France, where he saw "some
minor action" at St. Mihiel and the Meuse-
Argonne. Later he marched into Germany as a
member of the American Army of Occupation.
Upon his return to the United States in 'the
summer of 1919, he re-enlisted, and has b3an in
the Army ever since. He says he loves the service,
and can't imagine what he'd do as a civilian. At
present, Sergeant Smith is a member of the edi-
torial department of the recruiting publicity bureau
at Governors Island in New York Harbor.
Furnished by Special Service for use on Orientation Bulletin Boards
THE TYNDALL TARGET
(By PFC. GAWDHELPUS)
REACH FOR YOUR CUN PARTNER AND
WE'LL SHOOT THE BULL AWHILE.
Well.,. kiddies, draw up your
stools close to the fire while
your old uncle Gawdhelpus mixes
himself another highball in the
coal scuttle and tells you all the
goings on since you last dropped
in to haunt the h--- out of him.
Well, things at the old Waller
Trainer are progressing nicely,
thank you. It has gone on two
shifts, from 7:00 to 5:30 and
from 5:30 to 1:00 and that in-
cludes our little friends from
the other side of the tracks, yes
the gals willbe on the grave-yard
shift, so just buy yourself a good
A small Wac dropped in on me
the other afternoon and while we
tore up a herring she proceeded
to weep softly into her Vodka.
'Tell me uncle,' she wept, 'who
is that big handsome hunk of man
who walks around the Waller Train-
er as if he had bought it for a
quarter and didn't really want
it?' 'Well,' said I, 'there are
several, but does this one have a
soft North Carolina drawl and a
pipe in his homely but honest
face?' 'Yes,' breathed the Wac.
'Well,' I said to her, 'that is
Pfc. Paul and you are wasting
your time and money buying TABU
by the quart can because he is no
violinist and is not susceptible,
but here is a nice piece of 000
sand paper so wipe your eyes my
pet and buy some chloroform.'
Yes, and I heard that Keyes'
Kossacks handed the (N boys their
comeuppance in the Quiz Show at
the Rec Hall on Monday night.
Cpl. Fox (mmm! mmmm!), Cpl. Carl-
ton, Cpl. Schmidt, and Cpl. Crow-
ley, the intellectual Palova went
the distance and broke even 21-
21. Nice going chillun, all Wal-
ler girls, too. I started to go
down, but my wheel chair got a
The 348th Squadron, of which
your Uncle Gawdhelpus is mascot,
is hurling a. brawl at the Lynn
Haven Country Club on October 9.
High spot of the evening's enter-
tainment promises to be Pfc. Earl
Grant, the Irish Nightingale. He
has not appeared in public on
this field as yet because his two
favorite musicians, Haig and Haig
have not been able to accompany
him, and being an artist he will
not sing unless they are present.
I heard from our wandering boy,
Pvt. Ligori, who recently came
back from an emergency furlough
in New York, where he was snubbed
by Gendarmes and spent a week-end
at Governors Island. He and a
friend from the Guard Squadron
came back together. Ligori claims
that he is tired of traveling and
doesn't intend to even leave camp
for three months at least.
Oh, by the way, do you children
'Why can't we do this more
often' could well be the theme
song of the Wacs and a large group
of enlisted men after this week's
BLACKOUT SING at the WACSHACK.
It came about when the power plant
failed and Ye Moviegoers, Ye
Bowlers, and Ye Rec Hall attend-
ants were put out in more ways
than one. The orderly room steps
(quoting the MP's) looked like
everyone made a quick dash for
the place of departure. Anyway,
it was a grand experience even if
we don't know how 'My Kingdom for
A Cook' turned out and who might
have won the bowling games. Some
songs of ye byegone days were re-
vived, also the idea of a regular
song fest! Are YOU interested?
If so, let's SING!
The WAC Recreation committee has
dreamed up a 'Get Acquainted
Party' for the 'Waller Trainer
Girls.' What with working shifts
and dashing out in the evening
with the GI's, it's hard to re-
member faces and names when you
go to introduce one of your 'sis-
ters-in-arms' to your friends.
Reminds one of the parents who
said, 'If we don't meet the
children at the railroad station
when they come home for the Xmas
Holidays, we run the risk of never
seeing them. '
INFORMATION TEASE was 'just
that' Tuesday nite when the 907th
QM's and the WACs went forth to
battle. Quite a crowd was on
hand to cheer the victors and
console the victims. Since both
sides went home undefeated with a
score of 21-21, everyone was
happy. Carleton, Schmidt, Fox,
and Crowley, our teasers,, did a
The Chemical Warfare Office is
cooking up some interesting events
for the future. Watch for an-
nouncements. You'll want to at-
tend if you saw the last demon-
stration. If not, too bad you
missed it! It all adds up to the
fact that all of us need to know
more about safeguarding the lives
of others as well as ourselves.
They aim to give you an education
the painless way. It's interest-
ing that the U.S. and Great Brit-
ain got together and changed some
chemical symbols so they both
would know what they were talking
about. It's a good symbol that
we're fighting together so that
this fracas will be over one of
these days, and SOON.
If you have any contributions
to make about your friends, let's
be dropping them in the box in
the orderly room.
-Your WAC-HAPPY Reporter
know T/S Carpenter, the noted de-
butante of the Philadelphia Main
and the Old Fall River Line? No,.
you don't, well T/S as we used to
say at Oxford.
Now goodnight kiddies, come
again soon, real soon in about
1950, and if there is a mess of
barbed wire around the door, don't
.Highlight of this week's news is
the story of Cpl. Dom "Liverlip"
Lentlie and his tragedy-while seat-
ed in his girl's parlor, the pride of
Voorheesville, Albany County, New
York, tried to steal a li'l kiss-her
husband -came home! Pfc. Red
Alford and Cpl. Wm. H. Brown, of
Wilmington, N. C., have joined in a
tri-partite agreement with Davey
Savino, Broadway's best, in a non-
agression pact Red is not going
to rib Andy about Port St. Joe, Andy
is not going to rib Red about his
great love affair and Davey is going
to do all the ribbing for all three of
A dispatch from the front has it
that Samky Ackerman, Cpl., was
last seen in or about Wewahitchka
.... M. P.'s please note The
secret of John M. Naples' heart trou-
ble has been uncovered in a daring
expose featured in the latest edition
of "True Confessions of a Varicose
Violinist," his autobiography an
excerpt: after the fifth dou-
ble shot, my brain circled like a
gyroscope and I could no longer feel
the pain of iebuff." .Jack Atkin-
son, glamor boy of the Commissary
crew, was guest at a theatre party
given at the Ritz in P. C. last Satur-
day night among those present
were Jack and his girl, formerly as-
sociated with the Dispatch Office of
the Motor Transportation Section and
Chow Line Chatter
Well, another weekly inspection is
upon us and we are going to try to
break the 95 mark Cpl. Ghoison
has taken the pledge and say's he's
beaten old "Demon Rum," so I guess
all the fire water in town can be
spiled into the Bay Cpl. Knebel
is still organizing teams in various
sports, so let's go men, we want to
be represented in all sports.
We're all listening to the wonder-
ful time Pfc. Thom:-son had on 'his
recent trip to California, but we won-
der if he patched things up with that
certain WAC If anyone is won-
dering w-hy Wong Song is so happy
lately, it's bec-use someone told him
he may be shipped to Hong Kong .
If you hear anyone drilling a Squll
of men about 3:00 a. m., it's not
roll call, it's just "Shorty" Hawkins
SBefore we go any further let's take
time out to congratulate Cpl. Geo.
Lunsford on the new addition to his
The biggest "snow job" of the
year comes from Pvt. Clark, it seems
that he's told a certain lass from
Port St. Joe thrt he has $60,000.
(He'll show if she'll "middle aisle"
it with him. We've all been trying
to get a smoke off that pipe.)
presently Keeper of the Wolf Pack
in the Commissary Office.
Here's one for the record: a true
soldier and 'patriotic defender of
state's rights is Private Libbro A.
Ciocci, who has gone all-out for the
war effort, working twenty out of
twenty-four hours a day, seven days
a week the extra four hours is
spent in gainful employment running
errands for his Chief what more
could the WD ask? where, oh
where, are those ratings gone?
Introducing this week's Private
Leo Witchoski, romance man of the
week he is being hard pressed,
of course, by Tony Direnzo, the ole
WACkiller It is being whispered
throughout the 907th that Pfc. Jos-
eph McDonnell had a date last week
. Just for the record Cpl. F. La-
fayette Jones was in the bed Friday
night very early not saying
which bed heh, heh, heh .
Now that Joe Bracci is out of the
hospital there ought to be some pep-
py mail calls instead of imitations
of Helen Morgan.
Pvt. George Weber was among
those who enjoyed breakfast last
Monday morning in Mess No. 2 .
If things keep going the way they're
going the Air Corpse's Zebras are
going to have to look for a new name
for themselves and the QM will
have to go huntin' for KP bait .
Well, folks, here we are again
with our "From Time to Time" col-
umn, and our main topic is "The
Hallowe'en Costume Ball" which
will be held at the Lynn Haven Coun-
try Club on Saturday evening, (rain
or shine, hot or cold-Mama?), Oc-
tober 30th. The approximate rac-
ing time will be 8:30 p. .m. Be at
the starting gate at 7:15 p. m. You
can purchase your ducats (tickets.
to you hillbilly's) from your favor-
ite bookie at the prevailing price of
12 bits per yokel and bring your
lady fair as our guest. For youse
guys who lone wolf it, the price is
still 12 bits. And you'd better have
a membership card with you or out
'cha go on your bazooka. If your
favorite bookie has been drafted call
Special Services or 3275, aid there'll
be someone over immediately to grab
So let's get hep, folks, get your
seats reserved early for the big race.
and watch those horses truck on
To do our patriotic bit and save
leather we'll furnish the Model T's
for you to go out and raise H-
(the devil) and we'll get 'cha back
to the field before the local gestapo
can grab ya.
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OTHE TYNDALL TARGIET P a
The Flaming Bomb
GREETINGS: Slowly, but surely;
the personnel of Ordnance continus-
ously changes. Lt. Applebaum, who
just traded in gold bars for ones of
silver, is leaving our company for
duty elsewhere. The 0. P. 0. section
is now complete since Lt. Parsons
returned from D. S. at Fort Myers.
It really disappointed us upon hear-
ing that the Ordnance Baseball team
lost to the Medics last week, but
better luck next time.
Besides having possible microscop-
ic knowledge bumps on his head,
"Professor" Snodgrass acquired a
larger type caused by a baseball
which connected. Pfc. Snodgrass
now has a first' class private' room
at the Station Hospital. They say
his mattress is so-o thick, that when
he stood up in bed, you could only
see the whites of his eyes The
fellows are sorry to hear about Pvt.
Roberts who recently received a C.
C. discharge. A fine chap and darn-
ed good ping-pong player Last
Saturday Pvt. Achenbach tried to
satisfy a hungry feeling by eating
an entire Southern fried chicken. Any
man who can afford to do that must
WHY? WHO?-Why does Cpl.
Dobberke still examine time tables
despite his having recently returned
;rom furlough? ... Who is the chap,
while under the weather, went pa-
rading through Tyndall minus his
trousers? Still minus his trousers,
this gentleman returned to the bar-
racks without being molested by
any MP You can believe it; we
are just plainly puzzled .
THE SAD-STORY $ $ $ .. Pfc.
B. M. went to Panama City for pur-
pose of buying a ticket to .
He was sadly informed by the tick-
et agent that the bus desired had
just pulled out. However, it would
be quite possible to catch the bus
with the aid of a taxi. Of course,
the cost might run as high as a dol-
lar. A taxi was called and after an
exciting seven or eight mile run, the
bus was halted and then boarded.
Oh, yes, the patriotic taxi driver only
charged the low sum of $5.00 .
Sad, Sad Jack $ $ $ !
For a while, over the week-end,
it looked as though the field would
be evacuated again. We were all
looking forward 'to another risky
game of "Spin the Bottle"-not men-
tioning any names . Everyone
is wondering why Keelty is watching
his diet so well lately Plenty of
raw oysters and milk, so thinks
look hike he may be getting married
John Coleman is feeling none too
good lately. Maybe the climate isn't
like New Orleans? Our boy Rudy
received a telephone call from town
lately.... We have some good news:
Sammy Goldwater got a pair of cov-
alls to fit. Tailor-made by the chil-
dren's department at Macy's .One
Sof our well known mechanics recent-
)ly received a great big kiss from a
WAC who was heard to say "Meat-
IN AND AROUND THE HANGAR
I'll have to get a new lock on my'
door now that Bob Fair is back and
has changed somewhat. He has a
much larger line (if possible) ....
M/Sgt. Gainey had pretty much of a
jaw lately. It was a toothache, but
his headache is still the boy from the
Bronx Casey is taking up the
Dutch language in case he goes to
Mitchell Field on a cross-country hop
in their ship That's all for now.
(P. S.: The Cardinals better come
through or the hangar painter is go-
ing on relief.) -Eddy.
Sweaters may be rationed! This was announced recently by a
leading sweater manufacturer, who stated that his company
would barely be able to fill wholesale orders this winter.
Above is cinema star Janet Blair, who is facing the coming
sweater shortage with a smile
the proper rationing points.
HODGE-PODGE! Sgt. Stack may
not have had the opportunity to ful-
fill his desire for that three day
pass, but he did get away from the
Post and is now spending the next
ten days looking out of a train win-
dow as NCO of a T. M.
Corp. Deamus has a haggard look
these days, fearful of the conse-
quences of a pending Courts Mar-
tial; the result of receiving a ticket
for speeding M/Sgt. Hobbs, one
of the oldest men of this squadron
was transferred to the 69th. Good
luck, old boy, and to you of the
69th, well, you've gotten one of the
best men on the field.
S/Sgt. Curry has been walking
around in a comatose state for the
past few weeks now that the time
for his taking the marital vows is
approaching. Really, fella, its not
a bitter pill to swallow.
Sgt. James Bennet received an
M. D. a little over a week ago and
is now residing in Decatur, Ala.
Great fellow, and he really didn't
want to leave Sgt. "Marsh"
Goodman has added another "cliche"
to his already mounting list. This
was taken in stride after the squad-
ron meeting of last week when Capt.
Mowery read the Articles of War.
Now all you hear from Goodman is
"Brother, it don't pay." But even
that is becoming obtuse compared
to his, "Kurt, (pronounced K-o-o-
PLUG: Now that you men of the
40th have at last decided on a
Squadron party, how about going all
out and making it the biggest and
best ever? The committee is doing
a fine job making the necessary ar-
rangements, and if you don't have a
good time that night well, broth-
er, you just don't know how to live.
NOTES ON NUTS: Sgt. A. W.
Murphy was having a whooping good
time on the DISTURBIN' ROOF
Saturday night and left his wife to
find entertainment for herself. And
such a lovely wife, too Is it
true about Pvt. Clark being married
and having known the girl for a
mere six or seven hours?
-- presumably because she has
Looks now like our volleyball team
has just about cinched the first half
of the schedule, and definitely will
vie in the finals for the trophy that
will be awarded the winner of the
series at the end of the schedule. On
the other hand, there may not be a
series; for our boys are taking bets
that they'll win the second half, too.
How about it, Quartermaster, want
to make a little wager?
Since we installed our ping pong
table, some of the- boys have been
getting quite "hot" slapping the
ball around. We will be glad to get
a team together and tackle any other
outfit on the field. Just call the:
25th Altitude first sergeant.
Three cheers to Gunner Pfc. Ras-
mussen. "Mussel" has put in many
hours "flying time" in the chamber,
and we will miss him around here.
"With all the Pfc. stripes being
handed out, Pvt. Hammock has fin-
ally started bucking. He was seen
sweeping up the chamber last Sat-
urday without being driven to it.
Groover's furlough is finally pay-
ing off. He got three letters last
week addressed to "S/Sgt. Groover."
(Never heard of him.)
Williams did it again. He says
this time it is for keeps, if he has
to beat her every morning to make
it so. Seriously though, we wish
you a lot of happiness, Williams!
About the fastest pair we've seen
together yet down town was our
own "Ding Ding" and "Romance'
of the ladies.
Hastings should be home by now.
Man, have we sweated that one out!
Cpl. Tuscan used to indulge with
Cpl. Kulikowski. But Mike went on
a furlough and when he came back
he was a changed man. So Tuscan
started with Sgt. Matalik. Now An-
dy is due for a furlough. Looks like
you better reform, Tuscan!
T/Sgt. Seagle has too many local
attractions to be talking about the
nice French girls he met in Utah.
Some of them might read this, didn't
Says Herman Smith: "That's all
right men, I used to be a private."
-J. T. D.
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October 9, 1943
THE TYNDALL TARGET
Pa e f
Our volley ball team did a good
job last week when they defeated
first the 40th and then went on to
down the 350th. It m y be said that
the team plays best at nightfall. The
last games played were played in al-
most total darkness. Keep up the
good work, boys.
There are quite a few men in the
Squadron that are known to be good
bowlers. How about a bowling team,
men? We could use a few- of these
prizes thct Special Services are giv-
ing. Let's go and pick out a few.
A word about our inspection: The
1st/Sgt. said that it was the best
yet. True, we only received 88 per
cent, but the barracks were in ex-
Sgt. Clauson left this week for
school Sgts. Grubb and Winkler
will be at a loss for someone to pes-
ter now that Glauson is gone. ...
Sgt. Winkler is still sweating out his
furlough Why? ? ? The Sgt is
afraid that his sugar will forget all
about him if he doesn't straighten
out his affairs and get to her as soon
as possible -Pfc. Flynn is having
the time of his life these days .
Reason ? ? Flynn has won a bet
with his room mates It's a deep
dark secret boys, maybe he will let
you in on it some day.
How about you fellows turning in
some reports or your difi'ercnt de-
partments. Turn them into the first
sergeant and we'll put it in the col-
umn for the week.
Fellows, the Squadron is looking
for a new name. How about a few
-Cp!. Frederick J. Johnson.
Lord McIntosh is very much inter-
ested in anyone, who like himself, is
a connoisseur of the common game
of checkers. The Lord has been
seeking worthwhile competition
around the squadron without any too
much luck. Perhaps some other man
from another or-ganization can oblige.
ATTENIION .-1LL! Shine is more
than willing to pay a generous price
to the pe son who can supply him
with information on a curling iron.
Shine needs this tool badly, his ev-
eryday hairdo is falling off badly.
Double decKer beds are the latest
decoration of the 349th. One would
never know it, though for during a
routine inspection the other morn-
ing, one, S/Sgt. Butler, was found
curled up on his foot?locker sound
asleep. Butler is allergic to high al-
titude- and his present bunk is the
top bunr of the newly acquired dou-
Welcome to two new members of
the organization. They are two for-
mer members of the field, S/Sgts.
Naill and Fair. Both boys just re-
ported in from Symrna where they
have been stationed recently. Mc-
Allister also hit the news when he
joined the secluded circle of married
men, by getting himself married last
Sunday evening. Congratulations, old
First Lt. Tracy W. Worley, broth-
er of Sgt. L. B. Worley of this squad-
ron, received the Aid Medal from
General Chenault for over one hun-
dred hou:s of combat flying in In-
dia and China. Lt. Worley received
his basic training at the "Old Mill,"
known by many of the field's per-
,sonnel As a navigator on a B-24,
he reports that the ship is superior
in every way to the B-17. At present
the gunners are getting fifteen Japs
to every one of their losses. Regard-
less of the fact that the Japs have
a new Ze:o with four 20mm can-
nons used especially for B-24's.
Lt. Worthy graduated from Turn-
er Field, Ga., last August, just a
The sportlight this week will
be focused on Monday night's box-
ing matches to be held at P.T.
Area #2 at 7:00 P.M. The bouts
will be staged under the lights"
and promise to be every bit as
exciting as those held last week.
These bouts are to be a regular
Monday night feature under the
direction of Sgt. Mel Altis, T/F
With a record of 9 wins against
no defeats, the Medics' baseball
nine was this week declared post
The members of the championship
squad will meet this week to
select their most valuable player,
to whom Special Services will
award an appropriate trophy.
Results of the week in baseball
saw the Medics take two, one from
Ordnance by a 7-0 score and an-
other by default from the QM.
The 69th baseballers boosted their
standing by downing the Ordnance
men 9-0 on Monday.
All captains of squadron bowl-
ing teams are requested to be
present at the Special Service
Office on Monday, 12:30 P.M. to
meet with Lt. Drongowski and dis-
cuss plans for the new bowling
league, scheduled to begin in two
Pairings for tomorrow's student
gunner tennis tournament are
scheduled to begin at 9:30 A.M.
All students expecting to compete
must report to Lt. Drongowski at
STUDENTS AND P.P. MEN
MIX IT UP WITH GLOVES
The first boxing card of the
season in this neck of the woods
(not counting those at Skunk Hol-
low) took place Tuesday evening
at P.T. Area #2. Six exception-
ally well-fought bouts marked
the card, which in most cases saw
student gunners pitted against
permanent party men.
Results of the bouts:
H. Branch of Ala. vs. C. Bocian
of Pa. Draw.
T. Bell of Texas vs. D. Miller of
A. Ragusa of N.Y. vs. J. Reed of
G. Murphy of Pa. vs. C. Blanken-
ship of Va. Murphy.
J. Cbrtez of Fla. vs. F. Coppa of
N.Y. Coppa (1st rd., T.K.O.)
S. Saucca of Conn. vs. E. Leeson
of Va. Saucca.
The next boxing card is sched-
uled for Monday evening at 7 P.M.
P.T. Area #2.
Featured at Monday night's box-
ing cardwill be a return (grudge)
match between Ordnance's Charlie
Blankenship and Squadron E's
the Special Service Office to re-
ceive their pairings.
Tyndall's new sports arena is
gradually nearing completion.
The latest word is that the gym-
nasium will be ready for use by
November 1, and inter-squadron
basketball will get underway soon
Inter-squadron touch football
takes to the gridiron on Oct.
25th. Details can be obtained
from your squadron Special Ser-
ASC EMPLOYES SET HIGH HARK IN WAR BOND DRIVE
Shown above are the principals in the Sub-Depot bond-selling
campaign. Seated at desk is Miss Neil Yates, who directed the
solicitors; seated on desk at her right is Mrs. Virginia Hol-
brook, and on the left Mrs. Dorothy Myers. Standing from left
to right are Miss Henrie Stanley, Miss June Dady, Truman Kirby,
Joseph B. Story, Haskell L. Daniels, Miss Jewel Dunn and Miss
Betty Jean Davenport.
Approximately 88% of Sub-Depot employes are now buying bonds
by payroll deductions to the tune of $6,705 per month. Addi-
tional bonds sold for cash during the drive amounted to $5,250.
Although the drive officially closed Saturday, Sub-Depot
officials say they will continue the campaign until every
employee is signed up for the regular monthly purchase of war
"... THROUGH THE AIR WITH THE GREATEST OF EASE"
"Judo is here to stay," said Sgt. Charles Shirley as he toss-
ed another "victim" through the air. Shirley, who calls him-
self a judo instructor, is a member of the Receiving Squadron
and is awaiting the call to enter the gunnery course.' Above,
the camera caught Sgt. Shirley as he whirled Pfc. J.C. Benedick
around the mat in a judo exhibition before several hundred en-
thusiastic fans who were present at the first regular boxing
card held last week.
Sgt. Shirley is a native of Dallas, Texas, and prior to coming
to Tyndall he spent several months imparting his judo knowledge
to members of the border patrol and military policemen at Texas
When asked just what "judo" means, Shirley replied that his
conception of his stock in trade was a combination of the "art
of ju jitsu and good old American bar-room brawl."
(The photos above were taken by S/Sgt. Cooper of the Post
PRIZES AWARDED TO 30TH
By (PL. LHH. WILLIS
Pistol marksmanship in the four
days firing competition concluded
Tuesday. Pvt. George M. Willias
and Pvt. Creal Simmons, of the
30th Aviation Squadron, were both
awarded a first prize of $5,00
for their skill. Both men carded
156 out of a possible 200.
A second prize of $3.00 went to
Pvt. Roy J. McAuley with a mark
of 152, and Pvt. Henry L. Redman
with 145 was awarded the third
The following soldiers were
each awarded $2.00 prizes for
making perfect scores of 30 with
the Thompson Sub-machine gun.
Pvt. Willie J. Davis, Pvt. Wonie
Nealy, Pfc. Thomas' E Baskett,
Pfc. James M. Koonce, Pfc. Summers
Golston, and Pvt. Robert B. Wash-
ington. Pvt. George M. Williams
also made a perfect score but was
ineligible for two prizes.
Competition was also scheduled
with the .22 rifle, but because
of malfunctions it was not found
practicable to score this weapon.
Prize money was allotted by the
30th Aviation Squadron Fund.
By Camp Newspaper Service
Drafting of pre-Pearl Harbor
fathers, which is scheduled to
start soon, is going to give Big
League baseball an awful boot in
Not recognized as a ground for
occupational deferment, baseball
is in a No Man's Land between
the list of essential industries and
the non-deferable occupations.
First pre-Pearl Harbor father
facing the draft is Al Zarilla, St.
Louis Browns outfielder recently
classified 1A by his Los Angeles
Draft Board. If Zarilla, the father
of a 3-year-old daughter, appeals
his reclassification it will be up to
the appeal board to determine
whether he is an "essential" man
in an "essential" industry.
Professional football will be
less disturbed by the fathers'
draft. Most pro football played's
are either 4F or have war jobs
when they're not playing with
Bill McCoy, star catcher on
Princeton's 1942 baseball team
and the best ball player turned
out at Nassau Hall since Moe
Berg, was killed recently when
his Army training plane crashed
Johnny Mize had a terrific year
with the Great Lakes Bluejackets.
The old Giant and Cardinal first
baseman batted .418 and punched
more than 100 runs across the
plate in 63 games. The Bluejack-
ets, incidentally, won 52 and lost
Maurice Van Robays, Pitts-
burgh Pirate outfielder, played
his last game for the duration
Sept. 27. Afterward he left for
Detroit where he faces Army in-
duction next week.
KEEP BUYING BONDS
Don't Let Up Now!
THE TYNDALL TARGET
October 9, 1943 T LTU f 1.Lt rT T nv
Student Gunner Takes Top Individual
Honors In Tyndall's 2nd Track Meet
Pvt. Cnalmer A. Cartwright of Squadron E captured first place In the 200
yard dash event and took second place In the shot-put and broad jump events
of last Sunday's track meet to win the high individual honors. In the
upper left, Cartwright is shown receiving the handsome trophy from M/Sgt.
Woody Busby while Sgt. Berry offers congratulations.
In the upper right may be seen a top-notch camera shot of the Quarter-
master's ace athlete, Cpl. Bill Gregory, as he cleared the high-jump bar at
5' 10" to win the event. Runners-up to Gregory were Cpl. Paul Sills of the
69th and Pfc. Phillip Brown of Ordnance.
Pictured in left center is the Gunnermakers' mite of the track, S/Sgt.
Mike Gonzales. Mike breasted the tape first in the 100 yard dash and was
runner-up in the 200 yard event. He also placed third in the mile run.
In the center is the "photo finish" of the 100 yard dash, showing Gonzales
as the winner with Cpl. Clarence Love of the Medics close second. The run-
* ner who "hit the dirt" is the 69th's Paul Sills, who was leading until he
took his disastrous spill.
Ordnance's Pfc. Phillip Brown can be seen in the lower right, preparing
to heave the shot. Brown's heave of 37 feet, 6 feet better than his closest
rival, Pvt. Chalmer Cartwright, gave him first place in the event.
To the left is Aviation Cadet F.S. Quincy of Class 43-43, who won the
mile run competition. Finishing up behind Quincy in the event were Pfc.
J. Klidman of Squadron E and S/Sgt. Mike Gonzales of the Gunnermakers.
In the broad jump event, the QM's Bill Gregory took his second blue ribbon
of the day with a leap of 17' 3k". Chalmer Cartwright was second with a
S16' 9J" jump, while third spot honors went to the Medics' S/Sgt. Mann who
cleared the tape at 16' 86".
(Photographs of the track meet were taken by S/Sgt. John Meisner of the
Post Photo Section.)
October 9. 1943
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Page 10 THETYNDALL TARGET
A LETTER FROM NORTH AFRICA
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cold here is a treat in itself. Oh for a glass of ice tea-with real"
ice in it!!
Again %e started for parts unknown--AND HOW--two days and two
nights on a troop train. Nowyou have seen troop trains there I know,
and Yfu have seen box cars, but you have never seen anything like the
troop trains or the box cars on these roads. We came, same accomoda-
tlons as the enlisted men exactly, in the 40/8 (40 men or 8 horses),
only these little box.cars wpuldn' t hold 8 horses so they just loaded
30 Wacs, barracks bags, gas masks, rations, etc. into each car. It
was almost impossible for us all to sit at one time--on the floor,
barracks bags, or with our feet hanging out of the door. At meal
time we opened our rations, two cans per person, one contained meat
and vegetables (high in vitamins) and the other biscuits, sugar and a
little an of coffee (just mixed with cold water).
The train stopped about three times a day for us to go to the Rest
Rooms?????, and oh my, what met our eyes and noses-I just won't try
tc describe it, but thank God for our American sanitation.
There was plenty of beautiful country, as well as some barren.
Part of the time we might have thought we were traveling through
western Texas, Arizona, or California (desert part), then we went
through a mountain range that was far more beautiful than anything I
have ever seen--the Royal Gorge was nothing compared to it.
We arrived here tired, DIRTY, and hungry, wondering what next, and
yet able to sing most of the way from where we left the train about
40 miles from here, and we were very pleasantly surprised to find a
very nice place of abode waiting for us. We are housed in a girls'
school, and as is the case here, a high wall surrounds the place, but
we like it because it protects us from themany undesirables along the
street--and the filth, for the inside is bright and clean.
Tie wall on the opposite side from the street of our courtyard is
jus' high enough to look over and thoroughly enjoy one of the most
teaultful scenes of the Mediterranean Sea, which is about a mile
away, and the sunset every evening is something always to be remem-
bered. We are on the side of a hill, and the back of the house is
three stories to the street, then another drop into a deep gorge
that extends down to the sea. The flat topped houses remind one of
Biblical times. BUT OUR HOME--is a lovely place, a girls' trade
school. We occupy the class rooms, which are all tile and stucco,.
our rooms, and the big day room all have tiled floors and tile on the
wall about 3 to 4 feet high. Tile is very plentiful around here, and
beautiful tile work everywhere, but wood is scarce.
FRIDAY THE 13th--A RED LETTER DAY FOR US--that marked the entrance
of our platoon into active office work at the offices of the FIFTH
ARMY headquarters, and we all feel that it has been well worth the
waiting for. The day was made absolutely perfect when we were called
out to stand retreat at 4:45. The Guard of Honor, the Band, and the
Inspection party-Were there in our honor. There'was not an eye among
us that didn' t have tears as we stood retreat that night during the
playing of our own National Anthem while the flag of our own country
was lowered over the Fifth Army Headquarters over here in Africa,
realizing more than ever that we had a little tiny part to do in the
protection of that flag, small and insignificant as that bit might
be. ** ***
SERGEANT OFFERS TO
Going to France, soldier?
Mebbe you are and don't know
it. Anyway, just in case you
might sometime, and would like
to know how to talk to the dolls
there, here's a chance to learn
Sgt. Elmore E. Blanchard, of
the 69th, former teacher of
French in New Orleans schools,
has offered to give his spare
time at night to teaching the
language to men who desire in-
Anyone wanting to sign up fbr a
class may reach him at the 60th
or in the office of the Budget
and Fiscal Officer in Post Head-
Besides being a teacher of
French, Sgt. Hlanchard was an in-
structor-in chemistry, biology,
English and history as a civilian.
WELFARE ASS'N GIVES
FISH FRY AND DANCE
Last Saturday evening, members
of the 86th Sub-Depot Welfare
Association and their guests were
entertained with a fish-fry and
dance at the American Legion Hall
in Panama City.
To the tuneful strains of Shine-
town's most noted two-piece orch-
estra, dances both old and new
were enjoyed by the many in at-
tendance. Outside, over the
steadily burning fires, the faith-
ful janitors of the Sub-Depot
ranained busy throughout the eve-
ning serving piping hot fish,
hush-puppies, coffee and all the
The occasion proved to be one
of the most enjoyable social
events to be sponsored by the
club, and already plans are being
made for the next dance to be
held at an early date.
An Open Letter To The Men
Of Tyndall Field:
We went to the Post Recreation Hall dance last Thursday night and
we were thoroughly disgusted. We went to the USO dance on Tuesday
and we went to the party at the USO on Monday, and We were not only
disgusted but we were damned sore, as well.
What's the matter, men of Tyndall Field? Don't you recognize a
good thing when you see It or hear it?
Three nights within a week we attended a GI dance, put on es-
pecially for us, the men at Tyndall Field, and what happened? You
fellows don't even applaud when YOUR band plays!
When we were civilians, we used to go to dances a lot two or
three times a week. We always applauded a band after a selection,
whether we liked it or not. It was the polite thing to do. Now, you
say, it's different. The heck it is. Those boys in the band work
three and four nights a week to play for us, and you won't even
applaud them when they play. Don't you want them to play?
Capt. Freeman is plenty sore; Lt. Moore is plenty sore; Mr. Missal
is plenty sore. And you can't blame them. The boys in the band -
well, they actually dread playing at any GI function. Why? Because
it's all work and no thanks. As one band member puts it, "What's the
sense in playing? The boys don't appreciate it. Look at them .. not
one person applauded the last number we played. You can't play for a
crowd like that."
We know how it is. Maybe you DO appreciate the band, but just
don't stop to think about it. The band is GOOD. No question about
that. Let's PROVE that we appreciate them .. that we KNOW they're
good. Remember, half a musicians pay, 'tis said, is the applause he
So what do you say, fellows? Let's get behind our dance band
Let's all of us yes, you, too, Johnnie Jones, let's all of i
give the boys in the band a good hand after every tune they play,
even though we may not like the song. Let's shcw good manners, any-
how. It won't cost us anything to clap our hands a little, and it
will be our way of saying "-Thanks, fellows .. you' re doing a grand job."
COMPETITION KEEN AT
WEEKLY REC HALL
With one of the largest audi-
ences yet to attend an "Informa-
tion Tease" program n hand, teams
from the WAC and Quartermaster
tied with scores of 21-21 in the
qliz contest at the Rec Hall M n-
The program was guided by Sgt.
David Wolfskill with Lt. Don
Moore as the contest judge.
A case of beer was divided a-
mong the contestants, while sev-
eral bottles of brew were awarded
to members of the audience who
answered questions that stumped
Representing the Wacs were Cpls.
Carleton, Schmidt, Fox and Crow-
ley, while giving their all for
QM were Cpls. Leonardo and Acker-
man and Pfcs. Zall and MacDarnell.
Next week's contest, which will
find the brains of the Jam Handy
section pitted against the wits
of the Waller Trainers, will be
followed by an informal dance
T/Sgt. Goodson, S/Sgt. Ritter,
Cpl. Moyse and Pfc. Tinker will
be sitting on the Waller Trainer
side of the fence while S/Sgt.
Tobolsky, Pfc. Burma and Pvts.
Bislhp and Shorr will be in there
fighting for Jam Handy.
Monday night's program will
mark a deviation from the usual
set-up of contestants, as it will
be competition between departments
rather than squadrons.
Departments on the field wish-
ing to enter .teams for future in-
formation quizzes are asked to
notify the Special Service Office.
Saturday, 'HOLY MATRIMONY, Monty
Wooley, Gracie Fields.
Sun.,Mon. 'A LADY TAKES CHANCE'
Jean Arthur, John Wayne.
Tuesday, 'SUBMARINE ALERT, Dict
Arlen, Wendy Barrie. 'THE GOO1
FELLOWS, Cecil Kellaway.
Wed., Thur., 'THANK YOUR LUCKY
STARS,' All Star Cast.
Friday, 'HOSTAGES,' Luise Rainer,
Paul Lukas, William Bendix.
Sun., Mon., 'SWING SHIFT MAISIE,'
Ann Sothern, James Craig.
Late Show Monday, 'THIS IS THE
ARMY,' Joan Leslie, Geo. Murphy.
Tues. thru Fri., 'THIS IS THE
ARMY,' Joan Leslie, Geo. Murphy.
Late Show Wednesday, 'THUMBS UP,'
Saturday, 'COLT COMRADES, Bill
Late Show Saturday, 'WE'VE NEVER
BEEN LICKED,' Noah Beery Jr.
Sun., Mon., *nH, YOUNGEST PRO-
FESSION, Virginia Weidler.
Tuesday, WHARRIGAN'S KID, Edward
Arnold, William Gargan.
Wed., Thur., 'A YANK AT ETON,
Fri., Sat., 'WILD HORSE STAMPEDE,
Ken Maynard, Hoot Gibson.
THE TYNDALL TARGET
THE TYNDALL TARGET
By BOB HAWK
the shell absorb
2. Is it correct to say that
you bought some delicatessen for
3. If you're buying a can of
tomato juice, how can you tell
how many cups you'll get out of
it without opening the can?
4. When a woman who is in the
service marries, may she wear a
regular wedding gown or must she
wear her uniform?
5. What is the difference be-
tween straw and hay?
6. Give a simplified version of
the following sentence: Some
pussy willows penetrated the
proboscises of a pack of ponder-
1. Yes. Because of their ex-
tremely porous shells, eggs should
be kept away from strong smelling
foods for they will absorb what-
ever odor they are near.
2. Yes. Delicatessen means
prepared foods. Cooked meats,
preserves, relishes, etc.,, as
well as the store where such
foods are sold.
3. Divide the number of ounces
marked on the can by eight. Since
there are 8 ounces in a cup, that
will give you the number of cups
in the can.
4. She may rear a wedding gown.
5. Straw is grain; hay is grass.
Straw is just the stalk; hay in-
cludes the whole plant. Straw is
cut after the grain matures; hay
is cut green.
6. Some flowers went into the
trunks of a group of heavy ele-
phants (or rhinoceros) and ex-
7. Twiddle means to twirl; to
do somebody out of something; to
twitter or warble; to talk non-
sensically; to idle, be busy
1. Do eggs in
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ous pachyderms and provoked pan-
7. You've heard the expression,
"Oh twiddle-twaddle." One of
the meanings of the word is to
walk uncertainly. What does
twiddle twaddle mean?
8. Are both male and female
dogs accepted for war dog train-
ing in the K-9 Dog Corps?
9. Which is nearer the center
of the earth Maine or Texas?
0.. What is the difference be-
tween a scanula and a spatula?
iWee Tot: 'Mmn, it says in the
paper that a single fly can lay-
Mother: 'Well .....
Wee Tot: 'How many can a mar-
ried one lay?'
- am. l
10. A scapula is a shoulder
blade. A spatula is a flat,
thin, flexible instrument for
spreading paint, drugs, or food.
BEFORE STARTING ON a mission
a scout should blacken his face and
hands so his skin will not reflect light.
Never apply the "make up" in black
face style but put it on in an uneven
pattern. The bayonet and the shiny
parts of a scout's rifle should also be
October 9, 1943
TKE TYNDALL TBRrrET
PFC. BERNARD V. FISHER
Enlisted May 15, 1942 and sent
to Sheppard Field, Tex., for A.
Although born in Niles, O.,
calls Weirton, W. Va., "home."
...Received high school educa-
tion in Alexandria, Ind., and
was a member of the school's
basketball and softball teams.
Is 25 years-old and worked as
a steel inspector for the Weir-
ton Steel Co., prior to enlist-
Prefers hunting to all other
PVT. HOWARD TREVATHANf
The 21 year old embryo gunner
hails from Houston, Texas...Com-
pleted high school education at
Wells, Texas, and enjoys hunting
Enlisted January 7, 1941J and
was assigned to Air Corps divis-
ion of Puerto Rican Dept. He
never reached Puerto Rico--was
sent to Lowry's armament school
where he remained for 18 months
as an instructor.
Took a "bust" in order to get
transferred from the Colorado
schools and was sent to several
New England fields before arriv-
ing at Tyndall.
Prior to enlistment he worked
in Houston as an automobile mech-
PFC. WILLIAM C. DUDLEY
Leading gunner of his squadron
for week of Sept. 1ii-8, Dudley
winds up gunnery training here
as top student of his class.
A native of Americus, Ga.,
Dudley is a former aviation cadet
...Is a graduate of Lowry and
Buckley's armament courses.
Attended high school in Macon,
Ga., and also completed two years
at Georgia Southwestern College.
Employed as an office manager
for an automobile sales company
prior to entering service.
CPL. ROBERT J. PAULAS
A member of Class 43-45, Paul-
as hail's from Chatham, N.J. Was
manager of his high school's base-
ball team and following his grad-
uation he worked with his dad as
Enlisted in October, 1942, and
was sent to Miami Beach from
Camp Upton for basic.
After completing A.M. course
at Amarillo, Tex., was sent to
Seattle, Wash., to attend Boeing
Flying Fortress factory school.
His home base is Peterson
S/SGT. MELVIN J. THERIOT
Enrolled in Class 43-42, Ther-
iot has had two years of service
in the AAF...Is 26 years old and
comes from St. Martinville, La....
Played basketball for his high
school court squad.
Prior to enlistment he was em-
ployed by the Gulf State Utility
Co. in Lake Charles, La., as a
Is a graduate of A.M. school
at Lowry and arrived here via
Eglin Field after requesting
aerial gunnery training.
Enjoys hunting and fishing as
his favorite sport.
Gunners of the Week
GUNNER OF THE CLASS
T/SGT. MATTHEW J. TIBBLES
Calls Streator, Ill., his home
town. While attending Streator
high school he played varsity
football and was a member of the
Is 34 years old and until his
entrance into the AAF in March2
1941, was employed as a plant
Chanute Field, Ill., was the
sergeant's first stop. After
completing air mechanic course
there he was kept on as an in-
structor. Finally was trans-
ferred to Seymour Johnson Field
as senior instructor for final
phase of air mechanics course